San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan today honored six brave individuals with a Citizens of Courage Award during the 29th annual event, which is held as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. [TWEET THIS]
“These individuals all displayed extraordinary bravery in the face of serious crime,” DA Stephan said. “By honoring them, we’re also shining a light on the thousands of crime victims our office reaches out to every year in San Diego County and the importance of supporting victims’ rights.”
The Citizens of Courage were honored at a luncheon in front of more than 450 invited dignitaries, elected officials, community leaders and guests.
The DA's Victim Services Division and Victim Advocates were also recognized for the outstanding work they do year round.
This year’s Citizens of Courage recipients are:
Victimized by an unlicensed dentist, Donna suffered significant injuries that required repeated corrective surgeries. She cooperated with investigators and provided key testimony during a jury trial that helped convict this con artist.
The DA’s Victim Services Division strives to reduce the trauma, frustration, and inconvenience experienced by victims, witnesses, and family members affected by crime. The Victim Assistance Program provides comprehensive services to all crime victims. Victim Advocates are focused on providing assistance to victims of violent crimes. In 2018, they assisted 13,315 new crime victims. This assistance included 1,567 crisis interventions and 13,718 resources and referrals. [TWEET THIS]